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Tiki Cocktail Friday!

mai tai blue.jpgHappy Friday!  Celebrate with one (or both) of these terrific tiki drinks.  For some inexplicable reason, tiki drinks fell out of fashion for a couple of decades.  Perhaps the reason was that bartenders (both professional and "rumpus room" barkeeps) got lazy and didn't want to bother measuring out the various ingredients.  Phooey, I say!  Get out a jigger, go buy some paper umbrellas, and get shakin'.  Ladies and gentlemen, I offer you (bongo drum-roll here) the Mai Tai and the Blue Hawaiian!  

 

Mai Tai

Makes 1 drink

Trader Vic Bergeson said that he invented the Mai Tai when he had an overstock of rum.  When he served it to a Polynesian guest, the drinker exclaimed “Mai tai!” (“Very good!”) You don’t have to be a cartographer to know that Polynesian is nowhere near the birthplace of rum, the Caribbean islands.  Put some Yma Sumac on the hi-fi (and if you don’t know who she is, you can’t have a tiki party without her music), and settle into your virtual hammock with a Mai Tai.

1 ounce aged or dark rum

1 ounce silver (light) rum

1 ounce triple sec or curaçao

1 ounce fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon orgeat (see Note) or almond-flavored beverage syrup

1 teaspoon grenadine (optional)

Fresh pineapple wedge, for garnish

Maraschino cherry, for garnish

Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish

 

 

1.  Fill a large tiki or hurricane glass with ice.  Half-fill a cocktail shaker with ice.  Add the aged rum, silver rum, triple sec, lime juice, orgeat, and grenadine, if using, to the shaker.  Shake well.  Strain into the glass.  Garnish with the pineapple, cherry, and mint and serve. 

 

Note:  Orgeat is a syrup used to flavor coffee, tea, and cocktails. It is basically almond-flavored with hints of vanilla and rosewater.  Almond syrup works well as a substitute.    

 

Blue Hawaiian

Makes 1 drink

Elvis’s Blue Hawaii was a huge movie hit of 1961, followed by another island-based film, Girls! Girls! Girls! in 1962. As you shake this sky-blue cocktail, be sure to move your hips in an Elvis style. At this point in his career, The King was just a Crown Prince, as the previous generation’s stars, such as Sinatra and Crosby, were the big names, and Presley was for kids.  This is the kind of drink that gives tiki cocktails a good name.   

 

1 ounce silver (light) rum

1 ounce blue curaçao

1 ounce cream of coconut, such as Coco Lopez

2 ounces pineapple juice

Fresh ineapple wedge, for garnish

Maraschino cherry, for garnish

 

1.  Fill a large tiki or hurricane glass with ice.  Half-fill a cocktail shaker with ice.  Add the rum, curaçao, cream of coconut, and pineapple juice to the shaker.  Shake well.  Strain into the glass.  Garnish with the pineapple and cherry and serve. 

 

Frozen Blue Hawaiian:  Process the liquid ingredients with 1 cup cracked ice in a blender until smooth.  Pour into a highball glass. 



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